- "While a spirit inhabiting a sacred sword came through the portal from Skyloft, so too did a spirit from a fearsome and demonic sword, ready to wreak havoc once more. As a Demon Lord, Ghirahim commanded legions of monsters during a campaign to resurrect his true master, the Demon King Demise. Being a sword himself, Ghirahim knows the fine art of swordplay and proves himself a deadly fencer with added magical powers. He may come off as soft, but he's truly deadly in combat."
- — Ghirahim, Demon Lord Historical Entry Tutorial Bio
Demon Lord, Ghirahim (ギラヒム Girahimu?, ) is a playable character in Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends. He is spirit of a Demonic Sword that was once wielded by the Demon King Demise. A high ranking member of the Demon Tribe, he seeks to resurrect his master from his Imprisonment in the Era of Skyloft.
At first glance, Ghirahim appears to be calm, confident, and collected, although very flamboyant. He often acts gentlemanly, speaking eloquently and formally introducing himself to Link. He exhibits traits of narcissism and has a flair for the dramatic, and enjoys using broad gestures.
In Hyrule Warriors Legends, he criticizes the Tunic that Linkle wears as being unfashionable, showing he is fashion conscious, which fits with his narcissism (as narcissists are known to care about their appearance). In fact, in Skyward Sword, he would remove his cape before engaging in battle, indicating that he likely wishes to keep it intact.
He is extremely loyal to his master Demise and most of his actions in Skyward Sword where driven by his desire to free his master from his imprisonment. He also appeared to enjoy returning to his true form as Demise's Sword.
In Hyrule Warriors, he is willing to side with others who remind him of his master, such as Cia (due to her being possessed by the Spirit Fragments of the reincarnation of his master's hatred) and Ganondorf (due to him being the reincarnation of his master's hatred and the current Demon King).
However, beneath his calm exterior is a violent and sadistic psychopath. As the story progresses, his composure progressively shatters, and his mannerisms and speech become more melodramatic, colorful, and violent. At his core, Ghirahim is merciless and enjoys bloodshed which is fitting as he is the demonic spirit of Demon King's sword. His violent personality shows quite graphically in the way he frequently licks his lips during a fight and even licking the blade of his sword at times. Ghirahim frequently loses himself to uncontrollable rage, easily finding excuses to take his anger out on his enemies. He also enjoys intimidating and toying with his victims, frequently teleporting behind them, sticking out his long tongue to freak out his opponents, and making colorful threats, such as promising not to kill Link but rather beat him within an inch of his life.
A powerful Demon in his own right (second only in power to his master), Ghirahim is capable of teleportation, materializing/dematerializing objects (usually weapons) out of thin air, and summoning Bokoblin. A user of Dark Magic, Ghirahim can create Magic Circles and manipulate magical energy that takes the form of geometric shapes like squares or diamonds. Being a sword himself, Ghirahim his a natural born swordsman who wields various Demon Blades as well as blades of varying size (from daggers, slender swords, too large broadswords). He is also capable of transforming into his true spirit form (where he transforms into a demonic being that resembles the form of his nemesis, Fi) and even his sword form.
Moveset & Weapons
- Level 1 - Demon Tribe Sword
- Level 2 - Demon Longsword
- Level 3 - True Demon Blade
- Level 4 - True Demon Blade +
- 8-bit - 8-Bit Arrow
Dark Ghirahim is a Dark shadowy doppelgänger of Ghirahim that appears as an enemy in Adventure Mode. He has the same moveset and Material drops as Ghirahim. Dark Ghirahim is dark magic that manifested in the form of Ghirahim. This dark form has no actual gender and no known superior. Since it is magic, it weighs nothing and has no specific height, unlike the real Ghirahim who is 6 foot 5 and 164 to 151 pounds.
Fake Ghirahim is a body double that appears as an enemy in Enduring Resolve story scenario. He is basically appears as a paler version of Ghirahim. He has the same moveset and Materials as Ghirahim. He's the same weight and height as the normal form of Ghirahim.
Details and appearance
Ghirahim wears purple make-up with a white lip covering that is thought to be his actual lip color. This is false, laws of appearance always apply to lips and nails regardless of humanoid species. One of these "laws" is that lip color will always be a lighter color if the human/demon is pale skinned, but Ghirahim's true skin color is a silvery blue. So Ghirahim's lips cannot naturally have a color such as white. It would have to be semi-dark grey/silver. Ghirahim seems to be somewhat skinny for a demon, showing signs of slight lack of food availability.
This makes sense due to the surface's lack of humans. Ghirahim seems to love and even crave human blood, hinting that it's a rare treat for Ghirahim and he takes as much blood from a human as he possibly can. Ghirahim may consume actual flesh and his diet may not just consist of blood. But the shaping of his teeth (when seen up close) suggests he is a carnivore and his diet consists of only meat and blood. Onto the description of Ghirahim's eyes! Ghirahim's eye color is relatively blue since it appears grey. His eyes appear grey due to lighting, for most of Skyward sword, we see him in dimly lit areas (Skyview Temple, Sealed Temple, Earth Temple, ect.) This causes his eyes to have darker color. Ghirahim's hair is white, which would mean that it's a dominant gene in his family (if he has/had one). Dominant genes will activate as long as both parents have the same color (or possess this gene in their blood, but then it's only a 50% chance of the child receiving it) Meaning that since Ghirahim is male, if he had a father, he would gain his father's hair color. If Ghirahim has any future offspring, males will be more likely to gain white hair. Such as Vaati, but Vaati's hair is a mixed shade of his mother and father's hair. Meaning that Vaati's hair had come from a male with white hair, and a female with slightly purple hair. Back to the subject of Ghirahim! Ghirahim's purple eye make-up is actually a symbol of Royalty and sophistication. If a lord marries a princess, he shall become true royalty instead of half royalty (Lord, Duke, baron, ect.)
Ghirahim's clothing choice is slightly questionable but it makes sense. Ghirahim obviously lives/lived in the underworld so a color like white would be a good choice considering it absorbs less heat. There are diamond cuts in the outfit to ensure proper ventilation to prevent Ghirahim from overheating. Ghirahim's pants are not attached to his shirt. When removing the sash from Ghirahim's computer model, it can be seen that Ghirahim's pants are NOT attached. Ghirahim also seems to be a perfectionist and maybe even a slight germ-a-phobe since he always wears his gloves (until forced to remove said gloves). Demons might not be immune to human illnesses and may even be more at risk of fatal illness. And thus Ghirahim fears illness and risking getting sick (he might've not always been a sword spirit and feared illness since he was human/demon/whatever) Ghirahim's complexion is quite fair, hinting that he may spend more time in the dark than in the sun.